'Oprah's Next Chapter': Pastor Joel Osteen Talks Homosexuality And Degrees Of Sin (VIDEO)
Pastor Joel Osteen reaches millions through his sermons, and he tries to preach in a more positive way than some of his notable contemporaries. But because he doesn't focus on sin in his sermons doesn't mean that he doesn't believe in it. He clarified his stance on sin and homosexuality on "Oprah's Next Chapter" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on OWN).
"Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth," Osteen said. "I don't think God categorizes sins." While he sounded almost reluctant to come out and say it directly to Oprah Winfrey, Osteen did confirm that he sees homosexualty as a sin, based on what he's read in scripture. But his point is, that it isn't necessarily a bigger sin than so many others, and therefore perhaps it shouldn't be emphasized and sensationalized as such.
He also said that he believes homosexuals can get into Heaven, just as other people with sin in them can. Forgiveness is a big part, but "To think that we're all going to be without one sin?" Osteen mused. "I hope that's true, but I don't think any of us would make it to Heaven.
"It's a hard thing in a sense because I'm for everybody. I'm not against anybody. I don't think anybody's second class," Osteen said. He'll be showing this in his reality television endeavor with Mark Burnett, spotlighting mission trips undertaken by his Lakewood Church.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" continues every Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST on OWN.
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CNN's Martin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/roland-martin-david-beckham-glaad-super-bowl_n_1257036.html" target="_hplink">came under fire from gay rights groups</a> after tweeting that people should "smack the ish out" of male fans of a steamy Super Bowl commercial starring David Beckham. Martin, who has been a longtime analyst for CNN, was actively tweeting throughout the Super Bowl. After an H&M <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/david-beckham-hm-underwear-commercial_n_1241519.html" target="_hplink">commercial featuring Beckham clad only in his underwear aired</a>, Martin tweeted messages making fun of men who may have liked the ad. He wrote that "real bruhs" would not purchase underwear advertised by Beckham, and that people should "smack the ish out" of a male supporter of the ad.
The British soccer player found himself in hot water after <a href="http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/11/16/footballer-fined-1200-for-fully-homophobic-tweet/" target="_hplink">the following comment appeared</a> on his Twitter account: "Gays all over the tele what's wrong with Britain! Sorry I'm #FullyHomophobic." Akpan quickly apologized and denied sending the tweet himself, saying that someone in his family posted the comment without his knowledge. It was subsequently deleted.
No stranger to perceived homophobia, Shelton was heavily criticized <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/blakeshelton/status/65999662171172865" target="_hplink">after he tweeted</a>, "Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song ... Any man that tries touching my behind he's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy." He later apologized for the gaffe via Twitter, noting: <blockquote>Hey y'all allow me to <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/blakeshelton/status/66171257435066368" target="_hplink">seriously apologize</a> for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night...</blockquote> <blockquote>It honestly <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/blakeshelton/status/66171941303762944" target="_hplink">wasn't even meant</a> that way... I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere</blockquote> <blockquote>But when it comes to<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/blakeshelton/status/66173127956242432" target="_hplink"> gay/lesbian rights</a> or just feelings... I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!</blockquote> The original lyrics are, "Any man of mine better walk the line/ Better show me a teasin', squeezin', pleasin' kinda time."
Cee Lo Green
In June, the singer and "The Voice" co-host<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/ceelogreen" target="_hplink"> lashed out on Twitter</a> after a Minnesota music editor gave an episode of the hit series a lackluster review. He tweeted: "I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I'm guessing you're gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f--k you!" As E Online is reporting, Cee Lo <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/cee_lo_says_sorry_outrageous_homophobic/248478" target="_hplink">attempted an apology </a>on Twitter, writing: "Apologies gay community! What was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he [was] gay which is fine but its nice to [know] what u think of me." The comment was deleted shortly thereafter.
Though her pop hits "I Kissed A Girl" and "Ur So Gay" have made her an icon in the gay community, Perry nonetheless was called transphobic when she posted a naked photo of a transgender person (a hairy body with breasts) <a href="http://www.glaad.org/2009/12/21/i-kissed-a-girl-singer-katy-perry-ridicules-transgender-community-on-twitter/" target="_hplink">alongside the caption</a>, "NSFW! I knew those little white last week of the birth control pills would still have an effect on your body! FU."
The rapper was slammed <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/50cent/status/23161813105" target="_hplink">after he tweeted</a>: "Perez Hilton calld me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better." He was also called particularly insensitive <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/50cent/status/25954812348" target="_hplink">when he tweeted:</a> "If you a man and your over 25 and you don't eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol"
The triple Olympic swimming gold medalist <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1310063/Australian-swimmer-Stephanie-Rice-apologises-homophobic-Twitter-slur.html" target="_hplink">lost a major sponsorship</a> after she tweeted, 'Suck on that faggots" when Australia's rugby union team, the Wallabies, defeated South Africa's Springboks in 2010. She later apologized, saying, "My comments were thoughtless and careless but I can assure you when I made those comments on Twitter I never intended to offend anybody."
The Game <a href="http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/games-homophobic-hysterics-hurt-hip-hops-image.php" target="_hplink">first offered his take on homosexuality</a> in general in an interview, noting, "Game has a problem with people that are pretending not to be gay and are gay because the number one issue with that is that you could be fooling somebody and you could give them AIDS and they can die and so that in the closet sh*t is real scary." When TMZ wrote up the interview, he <a href="http://www.thegrio.com/entertainment/the-game-calls-out-closeted-gay-rappers.php" target="_hplink">reportedly tweeted</a>, "TMZ but look around, shit I be surprised when I see someone who's not GAY. My girl hair stylist is GAY & he kool. @50cent GAY n we was kool."
A tweet by Welsh rugby player Phillips read, "Aaron is the biggest loser I have ever seen, trying to turn it around and make Jay and Louise look bad! #BBUK #Faggot #Gimp #Getalife," allegedly referring to 2011's "Big Brother" winner Aaron Allard-Morgan, who kissed a male contestant on the show, <em>Pink News</em><a href="http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/11/16/ospreys-rugby-team-silent-on-players-alleged-gay-slur/" target="_hplink"> is reporting</a>. That tweet has since been deleted.
Though he later claimed his account had been hacked, Soulja Boy got heat when the following message<a href="http://www.essence.com/2011/06/23/celebrity-homophobic-rants/#kobes_poor_courtside_behavioral" target="_hplink"> reportedly appeared on his Twitter</a>: "I'm gonna keep talking sh*t to these white f*ggots until they unlike my page. f**king weirdo stalkers!"
Golec, an Australian soccer player, was <a href="http://fromthebeanbag.com/2011/11/06/a-league-stars-homophobic-tweet/" target="_hplink">slammed as homophobic</a> after he tweeted remarks about a referee. Golec obviously disagreed with Foschini's red card, first tweeting "Ben Williams worst referee ever" before posting "Ben Williams you are gay, biggest homo going around, you gypsy."
In June, Fuller -- a contract Red Bull racing crewman -- was <a href="http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Red_Bull_crewman_fired_for_homophobic_tweets.html" target="_hplink">fired after posting a photo</a> of a gay pride banner on a car in San Francisco with the comment, "This is way [sic] I don't live here!" Though he removed the posts, he was nonetheless terminated from his position. "It was a joke between two friends and it cost me both of my jobs," Fuller said. "I'm not racist and I do not hate gay people. It wasn't intended to be what [it appeared]."
The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston is <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061819/Robert-Peston-rubbishes-Twitter-homophobia-criticism-bonkers-Queer-Street-row.html" target="_hplink">currently fighting homophobia claims</a>, after he posted an article to his Twitter account which read, "The Debt Management Office, has taken a reassuringly long-term approach to managing the UK government's debts - and without its prudence, we might all be in Queer Street or Skid Row by now." Two hours later, in response to the flurry of criticism, Peston wrote, "Some of you seem to think my use of the phrase 'Queer Street' is in some way homophobic. Bonkers."
The Oakland A's suspended pitching prospect Ian Krol (not pictured) this summer after he posted "a derogatory comment that included a homophobic slur and offensive language," <a href="http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/30579481" target="_hplink">according to </a><em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em>. The tweet, which has since been deleted,<a href="http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/as-prospect-ian-krol-suspended-for-offensive-tweet-involving-gay-slur/76657" target="_hplink"> reportedly read</a>: "ASU is a bunch of fake a** f***, get on one knee a **** **, I'm better than you'll ever be..."